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Pre-conference Workshops/Meetings

RIME/MERC Workshops

MERC Workshops (Medical Education Research Certificate)
Sunday, April 25, 2010 (9 am-Noon and 1-4 pm)

RIME will be sponsoring Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) workshops at the WGEA regional meeting.

The Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program is intended to provide the knowledge necessary to understand the purposes and processes of medical education research, to become informed consumers of the medical education research literature, and to be effective collaborators in medical education research. Alone, MERC is not intended to produce independent medical education researchers.

The program is open to all who are interested in improving their educational research skills and is targeted for those with a background in medical education but relatively less experience in conducting educational research. The courses are targeted for clinicians and other educators who desire to learn research skills that will enable collaborative participation in medical education research projects.

Two workshops will be offered:

  1. Workshop 1: 9 am-12 Noon
    “Questionnaire Design and Survey Research,” Carol Hodgson, University of Colorado

    This workshop will provide some basic principles in questionnaire/survey design and give workshop participants an opportunity for hands-on experience designing a questionnaire. 

  2. Workshop 2: 1–4 pm
    “Data Management and Preparing for Statistical Consultation,” Patricia O’Sullivan, UCSF

This workshop helps participants prepare their data for analysis and be able to answer questions about their data that a statistician will likely ask when providing consultation.

  • MERC costs $50.00 for each workshop. **(See Note Below)**
  • Advanced registration is recommended.  If there are fewer than 8 people registered for the MERC workshop a week before the workshop, the workshop will be cancelled. You will be notified and your money refunded.

**Note:  Those interested in receiving a MERC Certificate must complete six (6) workshops. In order to receive a MERC Certificate, you must register for the MERC Certificate program for an additional fee of $100.**

CurrMIT Workshop

Sunday, April 25th, 8-11 am

“Using CurrMIT to Support Curriculum Committees, Faculty and Curriculum Administration”

This hands-on workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to learn how to:

  • Enter courses and sessions in CurrMIT in a manner that enhances the ability of curriculum administrators, committees, faculty and staff to report on key topics in the curriculum
  • Find colleagues with similar interests for collaboration, presentation, and publication
  • Use CurrMIT to support educational research for grant applications and interim and final reports
  • Report on current medical education trends and policies *Run reports to support faculty promotion and tenure
  • Report on Faculty Effort
  • Save CurrMIT reports to Excel for additional data manipulation and distribution *Use Excel to make charts to demonstrate distribution of elements such as educational methods, departmental participation by course, etc.
  • Use CurrMIT with other AAMC data sources for benchmarking

There is no charge for the workshops, but pre-registration is required.


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CRIME Meeting

CRIME's Spring Meeting (Computer Resources in Medical Education)
Sunday, April 25th, 9 am-4pm
RSVP requested (email Chandler Mayfield:

The WGEA's educational technology SIG, CRIME, hosts this open meeting of Western-region professionals interested in educational technology in medical education. Faculty, staff, and anyone interested in technology in medical education are welcome to attend, listen, and share ideas. There is no cost to attend this meeting, but RSVP is requested ( A continental breakfast will be provided.  Lunch will be at a local restaurant, paid for by individual attendees.

Crime Website: 

CRIME Online Community:

Agenda:  TBA

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LiME Meeting

Libraries in Medical Education
Sunday, April 25th, 8:30 am-Noon
RSVP requested (email: )

Join your librarian colleagues in a discussion of how libraries are involved in the medical curriculum.   Share what you are doing and learn from others. 

To RSVP or for more details, please contact: 
Lisa K. Traditi, MLS, AHIP
2009 WGEA LiME chair 


Agenda: TBA

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PRIME Meeting

U.C. Programs in Medical Education: Program Administrators Meeting
Sunday, April 25th, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For details, please contact

Don Hilty, M.D.

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PRIME Panel Discussion

U.C. Programs in Medical Education (PRIMEs): An Update on Admissions, Curriculum and Outcomes
Sunday, April 25th, 3:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Don Hilty, M.D., Tom Nesbitt, M.D., Julie Rainwater, Ph.D. - U.C. Davis School of Medicine
Lawrence "Hy" Doyle, Ed.D. - David Geffen School of Medicine, U.C.L.A.
Elizabeth Wilson, M.D., M.P.H., Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, M.D., M.P.H., Alma Martinez, M.D., M.P.H. - University of California, San Francisco
Charles Vega, M.D. - U.C. Irvine School of Medicine

The U.C. Programs in Medical Education were launched in 2004 at U.C. Irvine and now those at U.C.S.F., U.C. Davis, U.C.L.A. and U.C. San Diego are in motion.  The mission was to target medical education to help the underserved and disadvantaged in California.  This plenary will provide an update on recent outcomes and model initiatives that could be helpful to our other W.G.E.A. member schools.  In particular, admission methods, evaluation data and initial residency placements will be reviewed.

For additional details, please contact:

Don Hilty, M.D.

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